Real Wedding | Kara + Derek

You couldn’t order up a more perfect setting, or perfect day, than the one Kara and Derek enjoyed at their wedding. The gorgeous Lake Tahoe shoreline was the dramatic backdrop when they said “I do.” Then, an intimate group of family and friends celebrated with the bride and groom at the historic Thunderbird Lodge. Heartfelt toasts, fabulous food, and kick-up-your-stilettos dancing, made it a night to remember. Congrats!

Kara + Derek | July 7, 2011 | Thunderbird Lodge, Lake Tahoe, California

The ceremony

We had a traditional wedding ceremony and our Lutheran pastor married us. The Lake Tahoe location was absolutely beautiful, as you will see from the photos.

The reception

We had a very relaxed reception. We began with a two hours of cocktails and passed appetizers, and Hors d’oeuvre Stations. We also offered tours of the estate and the underground tunnels. Afterwards, we had sunset dancing in the famous light house room. Followed by an after party at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.

The way Kara felt in her wedding dress

Stunning, Beautiful, like an Absolute Show Stopper

Why Kara decided to sell her wedding dress

 It is very hard to part with the dress, but honest truth is I’m only going to wear it once and I would like it to be a part of someone else’s special day.  Every bride deserves to feel as amazing as I did.

Kara’s dress: Melissa Sweet

Photography: Zinser Photography